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us know on the ceiling of the united states capitol was painted an elaborate 19th century fresco of a baby holding a phone cord? no. who knew this? it is the best new thing in the world today, i am convinced. have a good night. "first look" is up next. misery in middle america. more severe weather and tornados pound an already battered midwest. holding out hope, the search continues in joplin, missouri, for survivors for the deadliest tornado in over half a century. and deep impact, a horrific fiery crash at a texas drag racing speedway. good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are straight ahead this is "first look" on msnbc.
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we begin this morning with a brutal tornado season. twisters violently tearing across middle america have become an all-too-familiar sight throughout the region. yesterday, powerful storms spawned even more tornadoes. at least 15 people were killed in omaha, kansas and arkansas by severe weather that started tuesday. oklahoma took the brunt of the deadly weather system that's moving eastward at this hour. one tornado there lasted for two hours and carved a 75-mile path of destruction. and we're going to have more on today's severe weather forecast coming up shortly. but first, we want to go to joplin, missouri. the search there goes on for anyone still buried beneath the debris from last weekend's devastating tornado while the community mourns the 125 people who were killed. nbc's jay gray reports. >> reporter: as search and
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rescue teams continue their march across this battered landscape, they carry with them the hopes and honor of a community struggling to survive. >> you almost felt like you were walking on hallowed ground of a battlefield. >> reporter: a battlefield clearly defined in this picture from the air, a path of destruction six miles long and places three-quarters of a mile wide. while there is a sense of hopelessness scattered with this debris, stories of heroes are being pulled from the rubble. >> he just has so much love in his heart. >> bethany lance was talking about her high school sweetheart and for the last six years her husband, don. they were at home last sunday when the tornado swept through their neighborhood. >> he got on top of me to take the brunt of most of it and, you know, he's -- he's my hero. >> hit by debris, he had a severe puncture wound in his
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back. >> i did everything i could to get him help. >> don did not survive. >> if i could have taken twice as much damage to have him alive, i would. >> an agonizing emotion shared by the families of at least 125 victims in joplin this morning. jay gray, nbc news, joplin, missouri. before heading back home to visit with tornado victims on sunday, president obama will be finishing up business on his week-long european tour. today, the president attends the annual g-8 economic summit in france where the group of eight world leaders will discuss topics ranging from uprisings in arab nations to nuclear safety. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more on all of this. tracie, good morning to you. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. they have a pretty busy agenda starting today. the g-8 will likely spend much of their time talking about these arab uprisings and what they can do to assist in the
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spread of democracy. we are told they will likely endorse a package of billions of dollars in aid for egypt and tunisia. also on the agenda, the global economy, the internet. president obama expected to have one-on-one meetings with the heads of france, japan, and the president of russia and the topic of that meeting very likely to center around libya. russia wants gadhafi out in libya and also wants a cease-fire and says it's willing to be a mediator in that situation. the imf is likely to come up. france's finance minister is a leading candidate to head that organization. and before the g-8 meeting, president obama held a lavish dinner for the queen of england to thank her for her hospitality during his two-day trip there. lynn? >> tracie potts for us in washington, thanks so much. on the heels of democratic kathy hochul's win, she appeared
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on the rachel maddow show last night where rachel asked here if it appears to be blow back from paul ryan's medicare bill. >> they knew i was an independent democrat, someone who understands we need to get our deficit under control. i said that all along. the difference between myself and my opponent was clear in how we do that. i'm willing to have everything on the table, defense spending and revenues. i think the lesson to take away from this, people in this district, when you spoke about the enequal iity, the people in towns think they're paying more
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in taxes than large corporations who ship business overseas. and they don't think people who make billions in this country are not paying their fair share when times are tough. >> lean forward with the rachel maddow show, weeknights at 9:00 p.m. eastern on msnbc. here is your "first look" at some of the other news going on around america today. weather in california proved the midwest does not have a monopoly on mother nature's wrath. this twister and at least six more in the area appeared and quickly vanished, hitting a rural area in the northern part of the state. this funnel cloud did reach the ground, but did not cause any damage or loss of life. things went horribly wrong on a texas racetrack last weekend when a drag racer lost control and crashed. the car burst into flames moments after impact. officials and spectators rushed to the fiery wreck, hoping to save the driver.
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he did survive that wreck. finally, in the nation's capital, a texas middle schooler proved you can be a worldly person, even at the age of 13. on wednesday, he was crowned the winner of the 2011 national geographic bee. the seventh grader beat out 53 other contestants who represented each state as well as u.s. territories. he won the top prize, a $25,000 scholarship by naming a national park in nepal that contains the southern part of mt. everest. always got to end on an easy one. come on. now for a look at your national weather, here is bill karins. good morning. >> we made it did. >> yeah. >> so far i have to the heard of any reports of fatalities from yesterday. 81 reported tornadoes, no fatali fatalities. that's pretty rare. woe did have significant damage out there. right now the radar is dying down. we have not had reports of tornadoes in a couple hours. the severe weather threat
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appears to have diminished. we have a few strong storms heading off the texas coast, but that's about it. as far as what we dealt with yesterday, i was mentioning -- first, let me update you on those storms. there is a tornado warning with this storm to the west of victoria. it's doppler indicated. it's a rural area. hopefully that will pass safely off the coast in about a half hour. here's a wrap-up of yesterday. there's a lot of devastation out there, a lot of injuries, but we didn't see any towns taken out. we didn't have any large fatality counts. if there are any, they would be scattered about. we have not heard about any yet. in all, 81 torpedos. abotornadoes. some wind damage last night heading through tennessee and kentucky. with all the fatalities added up, this is now the sixth
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deadliest year we had on record. this is the only time -- you have to go back to 1952 and 1953 to get anything close to what we're dealing with now. we still have june to go through, which is typically our second biggest tornado month. today we will see some severe weather, but not too bad. maybe a few tornadoes, not a lot, in areas of pennsylvania, western new york, maybe down through west virginia, but nothing close to what we have been dealing with. your thursday forecast, i-95 corridor, you are dry and safe. strong storms possible from atlanta to new orleans, back up through areas of ohio and western new york. lynn, i mean, we had a huge high risk yesterday. you know, i'm very happy to far the report of no fatalities. >> thank you very much. earnings slip, rumors that martha stewart is for sale, and the seals take out disney.
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. welcome back to "first look." i'm lynn berry. here is some of the news making headlines this morning. a judge has ruled that tucson shooting suspect jared loughner is not mentally competent to stand trial. the decision came after he was dragged from the courtroom following an outburst. mental health experts say he suffers from schizophrenia. a hearing to revisit loughner's mental competency is set for september. the man convicted of abducting elizabeth smart from her home when she was 14 and holding her captive has been given two life sentences without parole. in the courtroom, smart told kidnapper brian david mitchell, quote, you took away nine months of my life that can never be returned. radar online is reporting that california's attorney
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general is conducting an inquiry into former governor arnold schwarzenegger. the website says the probe focuses on misuse of taxpayer funds to cover up sexual encounters. this comes after revelations he fathered a child with a housekeeper over a decade ago. and very sad news to report here at our nbc universal family, mark haines from our sister network cnbc has died unexpectedly. haines was 65 years old. a moment of silence was observed at the new york stock exchange yesterday in his honor. and now here's your "first look" at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,394 after gaining 38 points yesterday. the s&p added 4 points. the nasdaq rose 15. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei climbed 139 points. while in hong kong, the hang seng was up 153. rising oil prices offset worries about the global economic recovery, at least for one day.
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energy stocks rallied on a surprise jump in demand of distilled oil inventories, sending the price of crude up nearly $2 to settle above $101 a barrel. on the earnings front, polo ralph lauren lost 11% as costs pushed the retailer's profits down 36%. shares of costco slipped after missing earnings estimates. on the bright side, toll brothers pushed home builders higher thanks to a recent rise in orders of its homes. meanwhile, sales of foreclosed homes are down versus the first quarter of last year, accounting for 28% of all sales. however, that number is still nearly six times higher than it should be. shares of martha stewart's empire shot up 24% on news the struggling media company could soon put itself up for sale. change is on the way for those
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big stickers you see on the window at the car dealership. beginning in 2013, new labels will carry projected annual fuel costs, a five-year fuel estimate compared to the average vehicle in the same class and a numeric rating based on fuel economy and smog pollution. bank of america, jpmorgan and wells fargo have teamed up to allow customers to transfer money using a phone number or e-mail address. finally, after taking down osama bin laden, the navy can count disney among its conquest. in the wake of widespread criticism, disney has withdrawn its application to trademark the phrase navy s.e.a.l. team six. the bolts force a game seven, a marathon in philadelphia, and a game-saving catch for the diamondbacks. plus shawn marion and the
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good morning. time and time again this postseason, the dallas mavericks have been down but they found a way to win, and they did it again last night. now they're off the to the nba times. kevin durant knocks down the three. okc up seven in the fourth. no lead is save against the resilient mavs. dirk nowitzki led the comeback. moments later, shawn marion grabbed the loose ball, was off to the races. the dunk, the foul, mavs finished the game on a 10-2 run and they're moving on to the finals with a 199-96 win. another basketball note, while heats not a marquis name that brings out the wow factor, the lakers have zeroed in on mike brown to replace coach phil jackson. they gave him a four-year deal. nhl, there will be a game seven in the eastern conference finals. the lightning scored six seconds into the game and never looked back. tampa held on to beat boston 5-4. game seven will be tomorrow night. baseball, phillies and reds played so long, they ran out of pitchers.
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that's infielder wilson valdez. he was pretty good. faced four hitters, got three to fly out. the game was dragging into its sixth hour when the phillies finally scored. recall ibanez with the sack fly to center, in came the winning win. the phillies win the six hour marath marathon. finally, the rockies and diamondsbacks would have gone into extra innings if it wasn't for chris young. wiggington with a deep shot to center, if it is gone it wins the game. not so fast. young, a spectacular grab. a game-saving grab for young. d'backs held on to win it 2-1. that's your "first look" at sports. i'm fred roggin. now for another quick look at the weather, here is nbc meteorologist bill karins. another tough day? >> not as bad. not a quarter as bad. we had one of the biggest tornado outbreaks of the season last night and yesterday afternoon. 81 tornado reports. but we have not up to this point
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had any fatalities reported. we may have finally made it through a tornado outbreak without getting devastation, at least widespread. here's what we're looking at today, slight risk of severe storms. the last couple of days we have had moderate or high risk. if there are tornadoes, it's pretty much central pennsylvania, western and central new york, areas to the south, large hail and gusty winds. be prepared for a hot day today from baltimore to philadelphia. philly could have their first 90 degree day of the summer. boston at 70. thunderstorms from pittsburgh to buffalo. also thunderstorms from atlanta to new orleans, down through mississippi and alabama. not talking tornado outbreak, just your typical every-day thunderstorms that could give you gusty wins and small hail. i think we'll finally turn the page on this tornado chapter. this weekend a little clearing? >> no severe weather outbreaks in the forecast. >> all right, thank you very much. arnold schwarzenegger's former mistress is fighting mad. plus she's not exactly known for
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her subtlety, so her engagement ring fits perfectly in more ways than one. your "first look" at entertainment is straight ahead.
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welcome back to "first look." i'm lynn berry. last night on "late night with jimmy fallon," jimmy was a bit skeptical about an upcoming documentary on sarah palin. guys, listen to this one of sarah palin's supporters is about to release a documentary about her called "the undefeated." really? "the undefeated?" that's like a documentary about arnold schwarzenegger called "the faithful."
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someone made a two-hour documentary about sarah palin's political life, in case you're interested in watching a movie that's longer than palin's actual political life. in a new interview, bristol palin says she doesn't plan on having more kids any time soon, but then she added that never stopped me before. a recent study found that women are more attracted to guys who are moody, a opposed to guys who are happy all the time -- though personally i find that study, i don't know, just kind of bums me out. tonight jimmy welcomes james mcavoy, and musical guest amos lee. that's "late night with jimmy fallon" with jimmy fallen week fights at 12:35 on your local nbc station. it's time for your "first look" at entertainment news. arnold schwarzenegger's one-time mistress is now threatening to sue "entertainment tonight." tmz reports it involves the show's interview with the former housekeeper's ex-husband in which he claimed he thought
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schwarzenegger's child was his right up until last week. her lawyers say way back when the child was conceived, her ex was out of the country and he's always known he wasn't the father. they claim the show flew him in from colombia to, quote, lie on television for a six-fix six-figure paycheck. they now demand an apology or retraction or else. speaking of this for schwarzenegger, collin ferrell will star in a re-do of the 1990 film "total recall." instead of being on mars, though, this time this one will take place in euro america. finally, for his engagement to kim kardashian, new jersey nets kris hum fees sealed the deal with a 20 1/2 carat $2 million diamond ring. just put this in perspective, kate middleton's ring was 18
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carats. >> wow. >> it just boggles my mind. >> it's like this. >> yeah. i wouldn't complain. i'm not saying that, but it just seems a little excessive. >> yeah. not for her. i'm lynn berry this is "first look" on msnbc. stay tuned, "way too early" is coming up next. senate democrats put republicans on the spot, forcing a vote on the paul ryan house budget plan. and putting the gop on record, just a day after a jarring special election in new york state showed just how toxic that plan can be for the party. the question is why did so many republicans stick out their necks for a proposal that had no chance of passing? more tornadoes whipped through the midwest, even as they continue to search for survivors in missouri and oklahoma. the question is when will this nightmare end? we'll have a live report and a forecast. and after two days of star-studded arena spectacles


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